The Partnerscapes Blog by Steve Jester

USDA Conservation Funding Remains at Unprecedented Levels

The 2018 Farm Bill expired last year and even though a new Farm Bill has yet to be approved, there remains an unprecedented amount of conservation funding available through USDA-NRCS.

The USDA received “once in a lifetime” funding allocations for conservation programs over the last couple of years in supplemental funding bills, including the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Just days ago, USDA-NRCS announced $1.5 billion available for climate smart projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCCP). Last summer, NRCS announced a historic $500 million investment through Working Lands for Wildlife.

The opportunity for private landowners who are interested in partnering with the USDA-NRCS has never been greater, even as the agency scrambles to add additional capacity to deliver the funding through the hiring of new staff and development of new or expansion of existing partnerships.

Partnerscapes continues to do what we can to bring landowners, communities, and partners together to implement efforts that benefit our natural resources and working landscapes while helping to support communities. Contact the NRCS or other local voluntary conservation professional to learn more!